What does describe mean?

Definitions for describe
dɪˈskraɪbde·scribe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. describe, depict, drawverb

    give a description of

    "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"

  2. report, describe, accountverb

    to give an account or representation of in words

    "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"

  3. trace, draw, line, describe, delineateverb

    make a mark or lines on a surface

    "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

  4. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, nameverb

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

Wiktionary

  1. describeverb

    To represent in words.

    The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.

  2. describeverb

    To give rise to a geometrical structure.

  3. describeverb

    To scientifically reveal a new species by technically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.

    The fungus was first described by a botanist.

  4. Etymology: From descriven, from descrivre, from describo, from de + scribo; see scribe and shrive.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DESCRIBEverb

    Etymology: describo, Latin.

    I pray thee, overname them; and as thou nam’st them, I will describe them; and according to my description, level at my affection. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    He that writes well in verse will often send his thoughts in search, through all the treasure of words that express any one idea in the same language, that so he may comport with the measures, or the rhyme of the verse which he writes, or with his own most beautiful and vivid sentiments of the thing he describes. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    Men passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book. Jos. xviii. 9.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Describeverb

    to represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out; as, to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle

  2. Describeverb

    to represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities

  3. Describeverb

    to distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class

  4. Describeverb

    to use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Describe

    dē-skrīb′, v.t. to trace out or delineate: to give an account of.—adj. Describ′able.—n. Describ′er. [L. describĕrede, down, and scribĕre, scriptum, to write.]

Editors Contribution

  1. describe

    To create using words.

    They did describe how they felt and it was great to know they too were also happy and felt very loved.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2425

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2430

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Verbs Frequency: #93

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of describe in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of describe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of describe in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    OK, a few things here.First, the idea that the fact that Trump would describe a meeting with Comey differently than Comey has isn't perjury -- as Giuliani would like you to believe. It's a.

  2. Ralph Baric:

    This is a landmark study that reveals new and unexpected insights into the mechanisms that regulate disease progression and severity following SARS-CoV-2 infection, in addition, we describe a new reverse genetic platform for SARS-CoV-2 allowing us to produce key indicator viruses that will support national vaccine efforts designed to control the spread and severity of this terrible disease.

  3. Jake Tapper:

    We're running out of words to describe this era.

  4. Tom Robbins:

    Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.

  5. Bridgette Walker:

    Ever since [my children] were babies, I've tried to give them the words to describe what they are feeling, they encounter a million frustrations each day as they try to figure out how to function in a world that is made for adults.

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